When people say ‘black don’t crack’, rarely are they lying. And a new study done by Olay proves just that.

Olay, along with Harvard Medical School Dermatology professor Dr Alexa Kimball, studied the skin aging process of women in their 20s to 70s, and included Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic and Asian women.

The study concluded that black women do indeed age at a slower rate than women of other ethnicities. 

In Olay’s Multi-Decade and Ethnicity Study we have found that women of African-American background aged slower than women of Caucasian background as far as skin appearance was concerned. In fact, the aging process seemed to be slowed down by about 10 years. We believe this is not just due to the higher melanin content in their skin which serves as natural UV protection—although it certainly plays a role. We are now studying the exact molecular pathways in dark and light skin more closely to determine what drives this apparently slower skin aging process…

We have definitely seen that women of African-American background aged comparatively slower [that Caucasian women]. The study also revealed twice as many exceptional skin agers in this group—women who looked more than 10 years younger than their real age—than in the Caucasian study group. This does not mean women of African-American background don’t experience visible skin aging, but on average less/ later than lighter skin types.

I hope a lot of money wasn’t wasted on this study, because all they would have needed to do was look at some of our grandmothers who are in their 80s, and still stunting like they’re 60.

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  • E.C. from D.C.

    Definitely no duh but still……yay!